“Which school should I choose, to do what you do?” This was one of the most frequent questions asked by Serbian schoolgirls visiting Cisco in Belgrade for “Girls in ICT” Day. Aged 14, the girls are nearing an important decision in their lives when it comes to choosing their future education and professional path. The “Girls in ICT” initiative was created to help this difficult decision and convey the message that information technology is interesting and it is something for girls as well.
The visitors, who were accompanied by their teachers, toured the office, visited the networking lab and chatted with female Cisco employees both in Serbia as well as other countries, the latter via Cisco TelePresence. I also had a chance to talk to our young guests and explain what an interesting combination ICT & marketing are, what is it like to have a regional role and work with people form different timezones and cultures.
We then connected the girls with their peers in Sofia, Bulgaria and there were lots of smiles and laughter, and even some singing. See the video.
Interested to know more about „Girls in ICT” Day? The initiative was the brainchild of Serbia’s Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society, Ms Jasna Matic, who launched the Global Network of Women in ICT at a special event in New York in February this year, with the support of Dr Touré, the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, and a number of high-ranking female dignitaries. The initiative is also embraced by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).